Salutes without Guns
Salutes without Guns was selected as one of the Books of the Year 2010 by the Times Literary Supplement and was long-listed for the 2010 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature.
ISBN 9789782436573 | 132 pages | 198 mm x 129 mm | 2009 | Manila Publishers Company, Nigeria | Paperback
"Here is a writer who finds the metaphor for what has happened and continues, evolves, not often the way we want, in our lives in Africa and the world. He does so timelessly and tellingly, as perhaps only a poet can."
- Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize Winner
"Salutes without Guns announces the arrival of a major poet. Ikeogu Oke's poetry has impressive range and exudes gravitas. It's at once supple and stout, lyrical and solemn unflinching and yet leavened by a skilled poet's calming touch. In this splendid collection the poet is able to move fluidly from the mythic to the immediate. His stance - as in a memorable censure of V.S. Naipaul - can be unsparing, but he is also capable of tender-hearted celebration. Here's a vital poet whose cadenced accents speak powerfully, and with rare insight, about the major issues of our day... Read this collection and be enriched by the sheer plentitude and variety of the harvest. Here's a poet gifted with the talent to enchant - even when he casts a gruff eye."
- Okey Ndibe, author of Arrows of Rain and a Professor of Literature at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
"This is a wonderful collection. The poems have undergone clinical and meticulous finishing. The are aural, precise, vivid and rhythmic. One of the best collections in contemporary times!."
- Uche Peter Umez, author of Dark Through the Delta and UNESCO Aschberg Laureate